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ABOUT ME

I'm Dr. Mike Moses, founder and lead pastor of Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, NC.

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    Books Beside My Bed

    • John Of The Cross: The Living Flame of Love (Classic Reprint)

      John Of The Cross: The Living Flame of Love (Classic Reprint)
      I'm a both/and guy, including Christian mysticism + Reformed theology. I am only just now reading St. John of the Cross' account of his own experiences of union with the Divine (which he says is only given after previous stages of spiritual privation). What took me so long? I recognize as my own some of his descriptions of what it means for the Spirit to burn like 'a living flame of love' in my spirit.

    • Malcolm Gladwell: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

      Malcolm Gladwell: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
      Fascinating reading. Gladwell always looks at things from a different angle.

    • James Martin, John A. Beck, David Hansen: A Visual Guide to Bible Events: Fascinating Insights into Where They Happened and Why

      James Martin, John A. Beck, David Hansen: A Visual Guide to Bible Events: Fascinating Insights into Where They Happened and Why
      One of our field manuals here in Israel. Dr. Martin is co-leader of our trip to Israel, having co-taught Bible Journey with Dr. Laniak through GCTS. He is EPC ordained, earned degrees at Fuller and Gordon-Conwell seminary, and is the founder of Bible World Seminars and works with Bible.org as the director of visual and contextual content for the new NET Pictorial Bible. "Discover the fascinating connections between Bible events and Bible locations. Why did Jesus pick Samaria as the place to announce his messianic identity? Why did God lead Moses and the Israelites to Mount Horeb after they fled from Egypt? Why did the apostle John receive God's revelation on the island of Patmos? A Visual Guide to Bible Events reveals the fascinating connections between Bible events and Bible locations from Genesis to Revelation. This beautiful, full-color book includes more than 500 photographs and maps to bring the ancient world to life."

    • Jerry Trousdale: Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus

      Jerry Trousdale: Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus
      I keep hearing snippets of people saying 'there is a great underground movement toward Jesus in Muslim cultures,' so I'm reading this, Hoping to help coach our newest LFC missionaries in church planting among a Muslim people group. This book is about: "How do the people most resistant to the transformative power of the gospel come to be its most devoted followers? Miraculous Movement recounts an amazing change taking place within Muslim communities where the truth of Jesus Christ is turning around the lives of many thousands of Muslims from more than twenty people groups."

    • Mike Kuhn: Fresh Vision for the Muslim World

      Mike Kuhn: Fresh Vision for the Muslim World
      I'm about to start this book on incarnational witness in the Muslim World, as I pray for and strategize with our newest LFC missionaries for mercy ministry and church planting among a Muslim population.

    • Timothy Keller: Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

      Timothy Keller: Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City
      Everything I read by Keller I think, "I should have known tothat, yes I agree," then my flesh says, "I should have written that." P.48-51 are a practical theology of the gospel worked out that we aspire to at Lake Forest. Honestly, Keller should be in the EPC. He does not belong in the overly perspicacious (how many hours and minutes in a creation day? Etc ad nauseum ) PCA.

    • David Steindl-Rast: Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness

      David Steindl-Rast: Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness
      This little-known jewel was given to me by my father at Christmas. His insights into prayer, faith, religion, belief and wonder astound me. This book is a good example of an orthodox Christian speaking timeless Christian truth to today's shallow-rooted 'spiritual but not religious' westerner. He speaks so plainly a language of the heart that generously includes the spiritual longings of those with no religious affiliation. Yet he gently, always leads to Jesus and God's Word. In a way that I want to follow. Careful, if you read it too quickly looking for buzzwords, some might write him off as 'new age' or worse. That would be a gross mistake. I feel I'm at the feet of a master of the Christ-life as I meditate on these humble thoughts.

    • Angie Moses: Flying Home

      Angie Moses: Flying Home
      My wife Angie just published her first novel! #1 I'm proud of her. #2 It's stinkin' good (tension between dreams and duty for a young mother). #3 This book will never be published and stocked in a 'Christian' bookstore with the picture of a beatific looking prairie woman on the front wearing a bonnet - there's grittiness of real life like happens to real people, and perhaps some grace. #4 This link is to the Kindle version, look below for paperback also. #5 Angie had in mind precisely the type of 'given up on church but not on God' folks we love so much to welcome at Lake Forest as she wrote.

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